Management Development Program | MDP
June 2-14, 2013
3-7 Years of Administrative Experience
The program is now full. If you would like information on the 2014 session, please request a brochure and we will let you know when the program opens for enrollment.
What You Will Learn
The Management Development Program prepares you to become a better leader of your unit, department or college, as well as a more valuable contributor to broader institutional goals.
As a middle manager in higher education, you face a distinctive set of leadership challenges. You are responsible for leading your administrative units, crafting strategy, motivating staff and allocating financial resources, but are also expected to enact the vision of senior leadership and mobilize support for broader institutional goals. To be successful, you must be able to effectively manage both “up” and “down” the organizational hierarchy.
Through real-world case studies, small group discussions and interactive presentations, MDP teaches you to think beyond your own discipline and lead in ways that support larger institutional objectives. You will gain a deeper understanding of how different units function and will be able to incorporate broader strategic considerations into your management decisions. MDP provides the tools and insight to think more strategically, balance the competing demands of colleagues and spend more time providing forward-thinking leadership.
- Understand the characteristics of effective leadership in higher education
- Develop and lead high-functioning teams
- Identify the features of “change-friendly” institutions that foster institutional transformation
- Understand your optimal role in planning initiatives
- Analyze financial data and understand how funds are allocated and budgets are created
- Consider the ethical dimensions of educational leadership
- Identify the conditions — both individual and institutional —that increase opportunities for professional development and personal transformation
- Function as an effective change agent
Who Should Attend
- Mid-level administrators in the early years of their careers
- Deans, directors and department heads
Joseph Zolner is Lecturer on Education and Senior Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education at HGSE. As HIHE Director, he is responsible for the quality, relevance and variety of professional development programs offered by HGSE for the higher education community. Previously, Zolner served as Director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College, NY and Director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University, MA.
Kent Chabotar, President, Guilford College (NC)
Carlos Cortés, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Riverside
Dennis Holtschneider, President DePaul University (IL)
James Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
Lisa Lahey, Lecturer on Education, HGSE
Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University (MA)
MDP is designed as a developmental experience for those with significant administrative responsibility in an institution of higher education who demonstrate high potential for making substantive future contributions. It is not designed for full-time faculty members or others without current administrative duties. A network of alumni and former participants are available to speak with you, many are from similar institutions or professionals with responsibilities comparable to your own.
Admission to MDP is competitive; we regret that we are unable to accommodate all qualified applicants. Your personal statement is a key part of the application. Effective statements provide a clear and detailed explanation of why MDP makes sense at this stage of your professional career and what you expect to gain from the program. You will be asked to provide your personal profile and institutional information to complete the application process.
Upload a single, MS Word or PDF document that includes the following:
- Current Job Title and Responsibilities (1/2 page): Briefly describe your range of responsibilities, including those activities, operations, or functions for which you are directly responsible.
- Professional Experience: List your current appointment first. If all of your work has been in the same organization, please list major promotions. Include employer, dates, title or position, and a brief description of responsibilities for each work assignment.
- Educational Background: List your most recent educational degree first. Include college or university, dates, degree and major.
- Professional Challenges Statement (1 page):
a. What do you believe to be the major problems facing your institution?
b. What are the two most important challenges you face in your job?
- Anticipated Contribution Statement (1/2 page): In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience and perspective to contribute to classroom and study group discussions?
In addition: two letters of recommendation, one from your current supervisor and one from a professional colleague. You will receive links that will enable your recommenders to log in and upload their letters. They will need YOUR last name and email address to log in to the application system.
The comprehensive program fee includes tuition, all instructional materials and most meals. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.
Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.
Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.